Hello beautiful people! This morning I was flipping through a Christmas present that PerMa got me
If you are an intense athlete or just like to workout a ton, I highly recommend this book, it has AMAZING information.
In the section on ED’s she discusses the Minnesota (Semi)-Starvation Experiment.
Starvation can mean different things to different people in a mental and an ethical way. This experiment was designed to show the psychological and physical effects on people who were on an extremely restricted calorie diet for an extended period of time.
Obviously there would be controversy as to if someone has access to food they are not actually starving which is why I prefer the title of semi-starvation experiment.
This study was performed on 36 men in 3 sections
“The study was divided into three phases: A twelve-week control phase, where physiological and psychological observations were collected to establish a baseline for each subject; a 24-week starvation phase, during which the caloric intake of each subject was drastically reduced—causing each participant to lose an average of 25% of their pre-starvation body weight; and finally a recovery phase, in which various rehabilitative diets were tried to re-nourish the volunteers.”
During the recovery phase most men gained back more weight than they had lost, would binge to the point of throwing up and then continue to eat, were in all around mental distress and took on average 5 months to be able to re-gain control of “normal” eating habits.
My point is this, these men ate every day (a little over 1500 k/cal), and yet they were still starving. This can happen to anyone without even realizing it. If you suspect you have an issue with caloric intake look for these symptoms of semi-starvation
- Increase in coffee and tea intake and excessive gum chewing
- An extreme pre-occupation with food (wandering around grocery stores, collecting recipes you never make, cooking for others and not yourself, etc.)
- Constantly thinking about what you’re going to have the next time you can eat
- Irritability and depression
- Fatigue or exhaustion
Since I am no longer starving , I have been enjoying a new favorite breakfast almost every day!
It’s super easy but I’ll give you a recipe anyway =) (Oh, btw, I updated my recipe pages from the old blogger site!)
Hot to Cool Oat Breakfast “Cereal”
1/2 cup oatmeal or oatbran
2.5 cups water
3/4-1 cup milk (I use plain soy)
1 truvia packet
Cinnamon (I don’t limit cinnamon)
Any fruit you want as a topping
Combine the oats and water and microwave until creamy and delicious. Stir frequently to avoid overflow! Takes about 5 minutes stirring every 45 sec-1 min.
Stir in cinnamon and truvia
Top with fruit if choice
Poor cool soy milk over the top (add more cinnamon if you like)
It’s so amazing! At the top is with an apple and blackberries
Here with a banana and raisins
And I didn’t picture it but this morning I had with frozen raspberries and coconut butter, delish!
What have you been having for breakfast lately?
Banana’s or apples? (Carrie you’re not allowed to answer!) <3
Fun plans for the weekend? Twelve miles in the morning and hopefully hitting up the pool sometime!
OH I FORGOT!! Do you guys read Lee’s blog? You should, she’s a ton of fun and today she unknowingly gave MY SUBURB an excellent review! I run on the path she’s standing on all of the time and go to Tommy’s restaurant every single Sunday when I’m at home! I’ll write about it someday but for now check it out over there! (It MADE MY DAY if you can’t tell)